The only one not playing the niceties game was House Republican leader John Boehner, who issued a statement describing the Obama business lunch menu as serving up a "nothingburger," and referred to the White House's olive branches as twigs.
We say the whole "Obama Versus the Business World War" is the biggest "nothingburger" of all, and we'd like to stick a branch, or twig, in the eye of the critics continuing to portray the President as the enemy of economic growth and industry.
Indeed, as business leaders have decried the White House policies that would allegedly cripple corporate profits, we ask:
Sure, Wall Street honchos are quick to point out that Obama lambasted "fat cat" bonuses last year -- but c'mon, financiers, you're way too smart to not be able to distinguish a toothless populist rant from a President (and an opinion shared by the overwhelming majority of Americans whose "Main Street" is not called "Wall Street") versus actual policy mandates.Business leaders also harp on the financial reform package as a sign of Obama's "anti-business" stance. Yes ... how dare that "anti-business" President bail out a broken financial system and then decide not to simply the leave the broken system intact? The nerve! The bottom line: the corporate bottom line's worst enemy is hardly President Obama. In fact, he may just be the most "pro-business" Republican president that Republicans never elected. -- Written by Eric Rosenbaum from New York.
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